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Klasky and her partner, Gábor Csupó, formed Klasky Csupo, Inc. in 1982. Combining their respective talents in graphic design and character animation proved to be a long-lasting successful formula. Today, she continues to work on new project development for television and features. She oversees the studio’s projects in broadstrokes on a daily basis along with Csupo. Klasky was the creative force behind the box-office hits The Rugrats Movie and Rugrats in Paris: The Movie.
Klasky played a major role as co-creator and executive producer on the three-time Emmy Award-winning Rugrats and designed several of the series’ major characters. Her vision has inspired other distinctive productions, including Rugrats, Aaahh!!! Real Monsters, Santo Bugito, Rocket Power and The Wild Thornberrys.
Klasky’s diverse career shares common origins with the special effects/film graphics industry. After studying animation at the California Institute of the Arts, Klasky gained her first professional experience as a designer of signage and logos for architectural projects. She entered the music industry as a designer for major record labels such as A & M Records.
After stints as a magazine and advertising art director, Klasky made the transition into film, joining the legendary Robert Abel and Associates doing special effects and graphics for film. She quickly progressed to freelance title design for New World Pictures and then for Marks & Marks and California Film, another company she co-founded, designed on-air promos, station Ids and graphic titles.
She was once married to her business partner Gábor Csupó, since before they started their animation company. They have two sons together from their marriage. They continue to remain business partners. Tommy Pickles' appearance from Rugrats is based on her younger son Brandon. Her older son's name is Jarrett.
She formed Klasky-Csupo with Gabor in their two-bedroom apartment in Hollywood in 1982. It later was moved to Seward Street in Hollywood. They designed the titles for 21 Jump Street, Anything But Love, and In Living Color. They also produced music videos for Beastie Boys and Luther Vandross. In 1990 they started Rugrats with the unaired pilot "Tommy Pickles and the Great White Thing" and the series started in August 1991. Aaahh!!! Real Monsters premiered on Halloween in 1994, their second cartoon show to be aired on Nickelodeon. In 2003, she made a Rugrats spin-off named All Grown Up!; in America it aired from 2003-2009 on The N, 2003-2006 on Nickelodeon, and 2004–present on Nicktoons TV.
On June 3, 2016, Arlene Klasky appeared on the Nick Animation Podcast hosted by Hector Navarro, where she discussed her early life and work on Rugrats. You can listen to the full interview by clicking here.